Poor Keri Hilson slaughtered the National Anthem during halftime of tonight’s Lakers vs. Hawks game. Hilson, who has written Grammy winning hits for other singers, showed her inexperience by forgetting the words to one of the most popular anthems in America.

It’s strange that Keri was chosen to sing the national anthem when R&B Diva Monica was sitting right there at courtside and would have killed the national anthem had she been asked to perform it.

Other celebs seen wincing at courtside as Hilson struck out at half court were rapper T.I., his artist Young Dro and basketball legend Dr. J.

Rapper T.I. looked happy

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Last night, music producer Polow Da Don held an ultra secret, ultra sexy birthday bash for himself at an exclusive mansion in Atlanta. Several celebrities were in attendance, including a superstar NBA player who was involved in quite a scandal some years back for being unfaithful to his baby mama.

The party was complete with ballers, local rappers, beautiful socialites and professional strippers (which explains why I didn’t see the normal crew at the strip club I went to last night).

There was also a heavy presence of uniformed, off-duty police officers and private security personnel inside the mansion, which is unusual for an ultra private party held in a non-club setting.

Anyway, the executive director of Polow’s Zone 4 entertainment, Amy Welsh, took it upon herself to make sure that no one got photographic evidence of this NBA star’s presence at the party. Which was a pointless move on her part when you consider that everyone who attended the party last night saw him there.

We don’t think the NBA star slipped away to one of the many bedrooms in the house with a stripper (we seriously doubt he would be that dumb). Maybe his shyness had to do with the fact that local nightclub promoters paid his fellow teammates thousands to attend parties at Havana nightclub and Primal nightclub last night while he partied with Polow (and the strippers) for free?

Everybody’s talking about this new video spoof by comedian Chris Rock called “Crackers” which has the potential to create quite a stir once folks realize that he’s not singing about thin, crispy wafers.

The song is a takeoff on Outkast’s mega hit “Hey Ya” — and we think we know why he did it.

Peep the tweet below by Tichina Arnold who played the young Chris’ mother on the popular show ‘Everybody Hates Chris’.

Did you know that the show was canceled? I had no idea. So maybe this is why Chris made the video as a subliminal diss to the network for canceling the show unexpectedly.

On the other hand, maybe Tichina Arnold and Terry Crews got the big head from all the positive press and great ratings and decided they were worth decidedly more cash than the network was willing to dish out.

Being greedy will get your show canceled in a hot minute.

Fox News released a statement about LL Cool J’s appearance on Sarah Palin’s upcoming news special — and at the same time they dissed the former rapper.

Yesterday, LL tweeted this message accusing Fox of using an old interview clip he did in 2008 and inserting in her show. But doesn’t news shows use old sound bites all the time to make a point?:

Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin’s Show. WOW

LL was listed as one of the guests on the premiere of Sarah Palin’s Fox News series “Real American Stories.” But yesterday, a Fox News spokesperson told TVNewser:

“Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria. However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.” Read More…

Yes, she actually said “fledgling acting career.” Ouch.

This should go without saying that former First Lady of Turks & Caicos LisaRaye is not dating NFL star Chad Ochocinco. But since my readers are emailing me asking if they are, I put the question to her publicist Jevon Peak, Sr. publicist of Peak Publicity. His answer:

“Absolutely not! No LisaRaye isn’t dating him. He is seeing a woman here in Atlanta though.

So there you have it. You will find out which man captured her heart on an upcoming episode of her new reality TV show.

That boy must love prison?

According to loyal reader Melissa, the troubled son of reality TV personality NeNe Leakes was back in the Gwinnett County jail yesterday. As you know, Bryson Rashard Bryant was jailed 3 weeks ago on traffic charges and possession of a small amount of weed.

This time, Bryant was arrested on Tuesday (Mar. 30) and booked for possession of a controlled substance (we don’t know what) and possession of a weapon by a jail inmate. A weapon in jail…? Bryant was released on bond early this morning.

We’re interested to see what NeNe will say about her wayward child this time. Remember how NeNe coddled and babied her eldest son during the first season of RHOA? Couldn’t you just see this coming?

We’ve talked about this before, how ghetto hoodrats like NeNe raise their sons like girly men instead of raising them to be real men. Well, this is often the sad result.

R&B singer Erykah Badu may be facing jail time for her hi-jinks, indecent exposure music video romp in Dealey Plaza on St. Patrick’s Day. Erykah is no stranger to narcissistic attention-seeking behavior. But this time her antics might land her behind bars. What will she do for an encore? Write a letter from the Dallas jail ala Martin Luther Kings’s famous letter from Birmingham jail?

And after all this publicity, still no one is talking about her song. #MajorFail

“They definitely did not get a permit,” Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Janice Crowther said about the filming. “To shoot that video they would have had to get a special events permit from the events office and it would have had to specify what type of filming they were doing, what subjects they would use and any traffic control they would need.”

Though so, Crowther further revealed that there is “no charges have been filed thus far.” She stated, “We need a witness to testify to prosecute a case, but people were probably so shocked, and it happened so fast, that we don’t have any record of anyone calling 911. We have not had any witnesses come forth to press charges.”

Erykah could face a class B misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, which may cost her $2,000 and a jail term of up to 180 days, Crowther explained. The singer might be also charged with a class A enhanced indecent exposure, which carries a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail, considering that there were children during the shoot. Read More…

By now you should know the routine: whenever a celebrity is caught with his pants down (so to speak) he enters a sex, drugs and ETOH rehab facility to repair the damage to his career and to potential endorsements. Is the public still buying into this crap?

The facility — Sierra Tucson — specializes in drug, alcohol and sex addiction, as well as other disorders. TMZ broke the story last night.

Multiple law enforcement sources have told TMZ when a CHP officer stopped Jesse last Friday on the 10 Freeway near Blythe, CA. — for driving without a front license plate and driving with tinted windows — James told the officer he was going to Arizona to try to save his marriage to Sandra Bullock.

We have now learned from our law enforcement sources that James was specific — that he was going to a rehab facility in Tucson.

A TMZ producer called Sierra Tucson and spoke with a therapist, who told us Jesse was at the facility and in fact had a 6 PM treatment Tuesday night.

Jesse’s rep acknowledged he’s in rehab. Read More…

T.I.s 57s Maybach from atlnightspots.com on Vimeo.

As some of you know, rapper T.I. completed his court ordered house arrest and is now a free man — sort of. He still has to report to a probation officer and adhere to a strict 10 p.m. curfew every night unless he’s working.

A couple of days ago, T.I. shot a music video with Atlanta rapper B.o.B. And according to atlnightspots.com, this is the luxury car T.I. drove up in. It’s a $400,000 2010 Maybach 57s.

The ‘s’ stands for “special” not “sport” and this ultra-luxury machine includes every whim your heart desires if you have the duckets to spare. The power comes from a 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 engine with its 604 horses tuned to perfection by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division.

The interior is appointed with wood grain covered with multiple applications of piano lacquer and soft, imported leather to provide that exquisite blend of performance and luxury that the super rich expect. T.I. loves his cars, and this is the second high end addition to his collection in the past couple of weeks. It must be nice!